Woman who drank bottle of wine at the wheel banned from driving

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A Crawley woman has been disqualified from driving after she was reported to be driving while drinking a bottle of wine.

Amy Maslen, 43, a manager, of Loxwood Walk, was arrested in Ifield Drive, Crawley, at 12.40pm on December 6 after officers received intelligence from a member of the public.

Sussex Police said she was stopped in her Audi A4 estate and failed a roadside breath test, and was charged with driving with 86mg of alcohol per 100ml of breath in her system.

She pleaded guilty at Crawley Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday (December 22) and was disqualified from driving for 20 months.

She was also ordered to pay a £690 fine, a £150 criminal courts charge, £85 costs and a £69 victim surcharge.

Chief inspector Andy Gooch said: “Maslen showed a complete disregard for the law, committing an offence of drink-driving in the literal sense.

“She was brought to our attention by a member of the public, who called police to state he had witnessed her driving while drinking from a bottle of wine.

“Anyone who suspects a motorist is driving while under the influence of drink or drugs can either call, text or email us with details of the driver and their vehicle. Alternatively, Crimestoppers can be contacted anonymously.”

People in Sussex can text officers on 65999 with the details of people they suspect of drink or drug driving or visit www.operationcrackdown.co.uk

You can also contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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